eft (emotional freedom technique)
EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a sophisticated cousin of acupuncture that has combined knowledge about how we deal with stress and pain into a practical healing tool. It is a form of psychological acupressure that uses a simple, gentle tapping technique instead of needles to stimulate the traditional Chinese acupuncture points. Combined with verbalization of the identified problem, the EFT tapping technique balances the energy system and relieves stress and pain in most cases. The body’s energy system, when balanced, is able to resume its automatic healing abilities.
EFT belongs to a group of approaches known as energy psychology, energy therapy, or biofield work. This field is becoming known as the field of epigenetics–that which works from outside the gene. Its use is by no means limited to psychological challenges, however, and it can be quite effective in relieving discomfort.
EFT uses the body’s meridians. The meridian system is a grid of energy pathways that run throughout the body. Evidence of merdian knowledge dates back more than 5,ooo years in Eurasia; it was refined by the Chinese, who have used it consistently in what we now know as acupuncture. There are fourteen major meridians; the endpoints of each meridian sit close to the skin’s surface. The endpoints are known commonly as acupoints, acupuncture points, or acupressure points, and in EFT, we tap on them while tuning into the problem with a verbalization. The combination is believed to balance the energy system and releases problems—physical, emotional, or psychological—and helps to allow the body’s natural healing mechanisms to function more effectively.
eft is simple to learn
EFT is one the most effective of the meridian-based therapies. It is laserlike in its ability to focus specifically on the problem and clear it. It zeroes in precisely on the problem, and by tuning in and tapping on the meridian points, the problem, be it physical, stress-related, or emotional, can resolve.. I work very closely with each client to map out an approach that suits the need—the aim is always healing and resolution and so far the effectiveness rate is extremely high. And while I love working one-on-one with my clients, it works wonderfully in groups, and it is an excellent tool for everyone to learn; you can apply EFT to yourself very effectively.
EFT is still in early days, but research has been building and studies continue on all aspects of EFT’s efficacy. There are a number of published papers in peer-reviewed journals to date, and of those, several are randomized, controlled trials.
- Click here for a list of current research featured on EFT Universe, the revised founder’s site.
- For research featured on the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP) site, click here.
- For an article listing research and results published on the Energy Medicine Institute site click here
- For a clinical trial of PTSD treated with EFT performed at Marshall University click here